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|Birth name||Joe Christie|
|Also known as||Joey Brains
|Genres||British hip hop|
|Occupation(s)||Rapper, record producer|
|Years active||1990 - 2008|
Braintax was a British hip hop artist and producer. Joe Christie had also recorded or appeared under the pseudonyms Brando Flux and Joey Brains. All of his releases were on his own record label, Low Life Records.
Originally Braintax was a duo, consisting of Christie and DJ Test, who also contributed vocals and production. Test departed following the 1997 release of the Future Years EP and Christie retained the Braintax name; it has since become synonymous with him as a solo artist. On the track "Monsoon Funk" on Panorama, Christie explained Braintax means "we can all get busy if we use our brains." Braintax's lyrics have made multiple references to spirituality, healthy eating, the state of hip hop music, environmentalism, and politics. On Mr. Scruff's 2002 album Trouser Jazz, Braintax was featured on the song "Vibrate".
In 2008 Braintax suddenly announced his retirement with the release of his final album titled My Last And Best Album and also the end of Low Life Records to the disappointment of many UK hip hop fans.
Singles and EPs
- Fat Head EP (1992)
- Future Years EP (1997)
- The Travel Show EP (1999)
- Hard Working EP (2000)
- Don't Drag Me In (2001)
- Riviera Hustle (2002)
- Godnose (2002)
- Chapter Seven - Verse Two EP "Out the Bunker" (2003)
- D90 Rules (2006)
- Run the Yards (2006)
- Syriana Style (2006)
- Mike Ellis (27 November 2008). "Interview: Mr Scruff Quirky hip-hop legend takes time out to chat to Mike Ellis". Archived from the original on 1 May 2009.
- Last Braintax Interview on Rapnews.co.uk
- "Birofunk - Braintax". The Wire. 2002. p. 23.
- "Braintax - Biro Funk". ukhh.com. Retrieved 2013-12-10.
- "Arts Diary". New Statesman. 2006-10-23. Retrieved 2013-12-10.
- "Review of Braintax - Panorama". BBC. 2006-10-23. Retrieved 2013-12-10.
- "Braintax at Low Life Records". Archived from the original on 2008-02-10.
- Braintax Interview on ukhh.com
- Braintax Interview on britishhiphop.co.uk
- Braintax Discography on discogs.com